The Kaohsiung American School (KAS) is a private, nonprofit, college-preparatory school with an American curriculum modeled on stateside standards and learner objectives. The School serves foreign passport holding students from the international community of South Taiwan. The school year comprises 2 semesters from August 15 to December 21 and from January 9 to June 8.
Organization: The Board of Directors of the Kaohsiung American School has 11 voting members elected from the Parents Association. Other members may be appointed to the Board on an ex-officio basis. The term of the office is for three years, and members are selected on a rotating basis to ensure carry-over.
Curriculum: The curriculum is based on the U.S. model of education. Instruction is in the English language. The School stresses high academic standards and provides for individualized and differentiated instruction where possible. The curriculum is updated and strengthened on an annual basis. Challenging courses, including Advanced Placement, and the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBDP) are offered in the high school, leading toward college acceptances at stateside colleges and universities. The School’s academic and extracurricular programs promote each student’s intellectual, social, emotional, physical, and creative development. KAS is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and is a member of the East Asia Regional Council of Overseas Schools (EARCOS) and the Association of China and Mongolia Schools (ACAMIS).
Faculty: In the 2011-2012 school year, there are 52 faculty members.
Enrollment: At the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year, enrollment was 490 (133 in lower school, 148 in the middle school, and 209 in the high school).
Facilities: In addition to 47 classrooms, there are 2 science labs, 2 computer labs, a library, a staff research center, a student research center, 2 music rooms, 2 art rooms, a physical education room, a multipurpose room, 2 outdoor basketball courts, 1 semi-indoor basketball court, a running track, a soccer field, and new playground facilities. A cafetorium provides areas for a catered lunch for students along with a school community facility for assemblies and performances.
Finances: In the 2011-2012 school year, about 99 percent of the School's income derives from school tuition and registration fees. The annual registration fee is $862. The annual tuition rates are: Pre-K: $8,379; K.: $11,069; elementary: $11,276; middle: $12,241; and high school: $12,931. (All fees are quoted in U.S. dollars.)